Pixels (2015)


The thing I stated yesterday in my previous post is undoubtedly true. It is enough to read some comments about Pixels, and being a 80’s geek. The movie might not be great. But the retro approach, the old games, the pixelated stuff, is enough for liking the movie. Even if there are some stupid jokes, and some bad decisions. If you love PacMan, if you played Centipede, if you broke some tiles with Arkanoid, if you crossed streets with Frog, you will likely like this movie.

The Joy of Logic (2013)

Socrates syllogism
Socrates syllogism

For something completely different, today I talk (erm, write) about a BBC documentary on Logic. It starts with Socrates Syllogisms up to Boole algebra. Then a quick visit on Mathematics nightmare of trying to prove Mathematics logically (yeah, Maths aren’t logic!), introducing first order logic. Then, we get back to Boole algebra and Alan Turing, and understand how it changed the world, and how you, my friend, are using Boole algebra in your computer, at levels you might not think of.

This should be a required documentary for every computer science student (or researcher). It is really worth to “lose” a class to show this to our students.

The Big Bang Theory – Season 4

The Big Bang Theory - Season 4
The Big Bang Theory – Season 4

The cool things about The Big Bang Theory are maintained: we have Kaley Cuoco (Penny) and Geek Jokes. And things get better. Now, we have Melissa Rauch (Bernadette) and Aarti Mann (Priya). Ok, Mayim Bialik can also be cute, but not as Amy Fowler.

News on this season? A few. Leonard breaks with Penny, and gets along with Priya. Howard continues with Bernadette, and Sheldon keeps the intellectual relationship with Amy. And the poor Raj keeps alone… or mostly.

Keeps being funny to watch. Preparing for season 5 soon or later.

Diablo III – Open Beta/Stress Test Weekend

This weekend was the Beta Open Weekend, or the Stress Test Weekend. This fact is already interesting. I do not know any other company with any similar initiative. This is not only great for them as a mechanism to check how good their servers can cope with the game and some hundreds or thousand players, but also because this works a demo. I would love to know how many players made the pre-order during this weekend. I am one of those.

There are lots of critics about this game. Most of them are funded. The characters don’t seem as dark or scary, but more comic-like, the magic system is more simple, the inventory items are smaller with less detail, etc. I defend that we need to be open to new approaches to the same game. If it is all similar, just an enhanced version with new enemies and new characters, that doesn’t get that interesting (my opinion).

We expect some issues to improve in the final release, but we can’t expect much changes.

I didn’t play much, but my main complains are that for two times that the game returned me a black screen only with a cursor when exiting (Mac OS X), and that it doesn’t have any logic to have a character (witch doctor) whose primary weapon is a jar full of spiders. And, as far as I could dig, I can’t have a standard weapon instead of those “magic” weapons. But probably I didn’t dig enough.

Now, waiting for the release in May.

Won a $30 voucher

Glennz Tees
Glennz Tees

Today I won a $30 voucher on the Glennz Tees store (click the t-shirt in the right to access their webpage). They have very nice t-shirts. Simple but funny drawings. And their do not stick to the black as background color, as most of the geek t-shirts stores.

If you follow their twitter account, you will notice that from time to time there are draws of $30 vouchers. Every time I see that the draw is running I register in the draw and, finally, I win.

If you want to know what themes I bought: one hoodie with the design at the right, and a tshirt with the other Lego design available (search for Crash Test in the store).

Now, I am just praying for customs do not get a hand on them…